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Two Original Series Centered On Latino Stories Are Being Developed By Gina Rodriguez’s Production Company For CBS And The CW

According to Deadline, Gina Rodriguez will be bringing several series about immigration and the Latino experience to CBS and the CW. Announced the same week that DACA was rescinded, it certainly was a bit of good news to learn that more Latino stories could be coming to TV. Rodriguez will be executive producing the shows, which is a big deal, as many have pointed out that producing, directing and having “above the line” jobs are what will begin to make a difference in bringing more Latino characters, actors, and stories to the forefront. The shows will go into development, which means they will have to advance through several phases before they are finally greenlit to air on TV.

Gina Rodriguez revealed via her Twitter account that she’ll be bringing Latino and immigrant stories to the screen.

One of the shows is “Illegal,” based on the life experiences of writer and co-executive producer Rafael Agustin.

Deadline describes Agustín’s story:

“The Ecuador-born Agustin grew up in America, and it was not until high school when he learned that, like his parents, he was undocumented. “Illegal” is described as a light one-hour about sixteen year old Rafael. He is a charming but bumbling high school student just trying to survive puberty. But when this all-American teenager discovers that he is not American at all, his perfect Honor Roll world is turned upside down.”

Rodriguez’s production company is also working on a medical drama titled “Have Mercy.”

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The show will be written and executive produced by Dailyn Rodriguez, the executive producer of “Queen of The South.” Deadline outlines the show:

“Have Mercy centers around a Latina doctor unable to practice when she immigrates to Miami who begins work as a nurse’s assistant, but risks everything when she opens a makeshift clinic in her apartment to serve the community.”

Her production company “I Can & I Will Productions” will also be working on a series adaptation of the Steve Martin film “L.A. Story.”

Now, all we need to find out is who will be cast in these projects? We have a sneaking suspicion about one actress…

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“Riverdale” Production Put To A Stop Over Coronavirus Concerns

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“Riverdale” Production Put To A Stop Over Coronavirus Concerns

Something spooky has come to the town of Riverdale and it ain’t Sabrina Spellman.

Amidst the coronavirus scare the beloved teen drama series has announced that it has halted production.

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According to Variety, “Riverdale” put a pause on production after a member of production — no news yet if it is cast or crew — reportedly came in contact with someone diagnosed with coronavirus. The suspension comes at a time that the series is filming its fourth season and hysteria has shut down various other events. Recently it was announced by Deadline that The Kids’ Choice Awards have been postponed.

“The Kids’ Choice Awards scheduled for March 22, 2020, in Los Angeles is being postponed in consideration of the safety and well-being of every person involved with the show, which is our top priority. We will have further information about a new date in the future,” the statement published by Deadline read. Earlier this week it was announced that the NBA suspended its current season.

Coronavirus is a highly contagious respiratory disease but there are preventative measures you can take to protect yourself.

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Do your part in avoiding spreading the disease and getting sick by heeding the advice of the Centers for Disease Control. Measures for preventative action include washing your hands often for 20 seconds or more, putting distance between yourself and other people, and staying home if you feel sick.

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The Trailer For ‘Diary Of A Future President’ Will Give Latinas A Chance To See Themselves As The President

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The Trailer For ‘Diary Of A Future President’ Will Give Latinas A Chance To See Themselves As The President

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It’s finally here. The trailer for Disney+’s upcoming series “Diary of a Future President,” and it’s so much better than we expected. The time period is right pinche now and a Latina is President of the United States. She discovers her 6th-grade diary and we travel back in time to meet her tween self navigating the awkwardness of puberty, running into your school teacher at Victoria’s Secret, and trying to play it cool in front of your crush. It’s exactly the kind of endearing, relatable female empowerment children’s series we all wanted to watch as niñas, and with actresses like Gina Rodriguez of “Jane the Virgin,” Selenis Leyva of “Orange Is the New Black,” and break-out child actress Tess Romero, we can expect the perfect, human execution of an alternate reality that may just catalyze a young Latina to grow up to become President of the United States by the show’s very existence. 

We have Gina Rodriguez to thank for this empowering message to young Latina girls around the country. Rodriguez is the director, producer, and star of “Diary of a Future President,” which is slated to begin streaming on Disney+ on Jan. 17, 2020.

The trailer begins with President Elena Cañero-Reed being handed an old book that begged the question, “Madame President, what is in there?”

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“It’s my old diary. I started writing it in the 6th grade. It’s a day by day account of how I got here. I really had a lot to say,” Rodriguez’s character tells her potential Vice President (her role has not been revealed yet). The series arc is set up to take viewers back in time to when the future POTUS was just a regular old tween starting out middle school, arguably a far more stressful time than any amount of time in the White House. We love that Disney+ seeks to humanize a Latina in power by showing young kids what’s possible. That a Latina President was once a pre-teen, crushing on boys or girls, having strong friendships, and also doing well in school. We are here for this message of hope and empowerment, which may just be the very seed that America’s future Latina president needs to have planted during these formative years. 

It’s basically “si se puede” but Disney+.

Meet Tess Romero, the actress who plays young Elena. 

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Tess Romero is just 12-years-old and has already landed her first starring role in “Diary of a Future President.” In real life, Romero has attended her fair share of protests. When she was just 9-years-old, she made her own “Fight Like a Girl” protest sign and marched in the record-breaking Women’s March in 2016. 

Elena, Romero’s 12-year-old fictional counterpart, is a Cuban-American girl living with her brother, Bobby, played by Charlie Bushnell, and mother Gabby, played by Selenis Leyva.

Elena’s mother, Gabby, is both a lawyer and Elena’s role model.

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We’ll get to watch Elena start middle school with her childhood best friend, Sasha, and eventually watch her catch her mom kissing another man in her living room. “I was just trying to stay afloat in these tumultuous middle school waters,” Elena tells the viewers in a voiceover. “Things are changing. Changes might surprise you. Change becomes the new normal,” she tells us as she takes offense at her mom’s new boyfriend making eggs for the family. Elena is afraid that he’ll take over the “contributions” she makes to the family. “Nobody could ever replace you,” her mother imploringly tells her.

The future President of the United States is just like the rest of us.

She enters the pleasures of Latinidad and starts to grow a lady mustache.

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“You’ve got toothpaste on your mustache,” Elena’s brother tells her to her absolute horror. Remember that very first mustache hair you plucked, ladies? The pain, so fresh and new and unfathomable to believe you have to deal with it for the rest of your life. Unless you choose not to.

Elena runs into her middle school teacher at Victoria’s Secret, because haven’t we all.

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The horrors of seeing your teacher outside of school is already a shock to the system, let alone while wearing a DD bra outside your clothes. Welcome to life, Elena. We can’t wait to meet you.

You can watch the full trailer below!

READ: Gina Rodriguez Is Producing ‘Diary Of A Future President,’ A TV Show That Will Show Us A Cuban-American Girl As President And It’s Everything We Need RN

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